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Graduation procession down George Street

Graduation brunch

A brunch will be hosted by the University of Otago, which is open to all graduates and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your family, friends, and the University. The brunch will be held from 9:30am–11:00am.

As it is not always possible to hold the Brunch in the same venue, you will be advised where the Brunch will be held approximately 6 weeks prior to your graduation ceremony.

Thanksgiving service

A Thanksgiving service is held on each graduation ceremony date, all graduands and their families are invited to attend.

Further information will be made available to you approximately 6 weeks prior to your graduation ceremony.

The Graduation procession

Graduation parade with pipers

The OUSA organises an informal procession through George Street prior to the ceremony. This is voluntary, but it is a great opportunity to walk along the middle of the main street of Dunedin and be acknowledged by your friends and family.

Please assemble outside the School of Dentistry on Great King Street,15 minute prior to the departure of the procession dressed in your academic dress.

On days when two ceremonies are being held, there will be only one procession which will depart at 11:30am.

The procession will leave the School of Dentistry promptly at 11:30am accompanied by bagpipers and drummers.

From the School of Dentistry, the procession will travel up Frederick Street to the intersection with George Street, then through George Street to Moray Place, and along Moray Place to Harrop Street.

View the graduation procession route (PDF)

Live streaming

All of our graduation ceremonies are streamed in real ( NZ ) time, commencing approximately 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Link to the live stream for the next graduation ceremony


Official photographs

An official photograph will be taken by McRobie Photographics Ltd as you receive your degree or diploma.

Photographs will be available to view and order online within 48 hours of the Graduation Ceremony

'On-the-Spot' graduate portraiture

Quick, easy, and affordable portrait sessions will be available on graduation day, between 9:00am and 6:00pm in the Fullwood Room on Level 2 at the Glenroy Auditorium (entrance is located on Harrop Street). Degree and graduate frames will be available for purchase.

Bookings are not required, sessions are 5-10 minutes in duration. Prices start from $90 per session including photos. If you want to miss the rush, it is less busy between 9:00am and 12 noon.

visit the 'On-the-Spot' graduate portraiture site for further information

For a more personalised outdoor session visit Graduate Packages for further information

McRobie Studios
PO Box 11019
Dunedin 9049
Tel 64 3 477 5801

Copyright is held by McRobie Photographics Ltd. A full statement regarding copyright is available at:

Other photographs

If you require any additional photographs (other than those mentioned above), you will need to arrange this yourself before arriving in Dunedin.

Please refer to the Yellow Pages for the contact details of photographers

Watch past Graduation ceremonies

Go to the Graduation Ceremonies playlist to view recordings of past graduations

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